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Vintage Tugboat cruise in Alaska




Swell at Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve (Courtesy Maple Leaf Adventures / Jeff Reynolds)For those with a hankering to wake up to birdsong and the scents of the forest, there’s a 10-day Inside Passage cruise for you: aboard the 107-year-old wooden coastal tugboat Swell. Operated by veteran expedition company Maple Leaf Adventures, these trips for 12 guests at a time feature up-close experiences of whales and brown bears, walks through the rainforest, Zodiac-ing among icebergs and visits to natural hot springs. (expeditioncruising.com)

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Is Expedition Cruising the Next Big Travel Trend?




Seabourn Quest (Photo Robin West, Seabourn's manager of expedition operations)A new survey of travel advisors shows that expedition cruising may be the next big trend in travel. Travel Market Report’s “2019 Outlook on Expedition Cruising,” released today (May 17), shows that the number of advisors who plan to start selling expedition cruises this year or next will double, in time for a wave of new ships and new itineraries from cruise lines across the board. (travelmarketreport.com)

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Cruise ship caught exceeding sulphur limit at Gieranger

The 1,250-berth MagellanThe Norwegian Maritime Authority has fined Greek cruise ship operator Global Cruise Lines Ltd. a total of $80,000 for using 0.17% sulphur fuel in a 0.10% sulfur ECA zone. In March, new Norwegian environmental requirements for emissions in several protected fjords – the Nærøyfjord, Aurlandsfjord, Geirangerfjord, Sunnylvsfjord and Tafjord – entered into force. (themeditelegraph.com)

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Berenblum Busch Architects Designs Uragashira Cruise Terminal for Carnival Corporation




Berenblum Busch Architects has unveiled the designs for Carnival Corporation’s first cruise terminal in Japan. Located in Japan’s port city of Sasebo, Uragashira Cruise Terminal will support the Japanese government’s plans to develop its ports, as well as the continually increasing number of cruise travelers in the region.

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Crystal Mozart to Leave Crystal River Cruises; Fleet to Consist Solely of Newer Ships




Crystal River CruisesCrystal will soon bid farewell to Crystal Mozart, the ship that spearheaded its river brand. The move will position Crystal’s river fleet as the youngest in the industry. The line revealed this week that it will transfer Crystal Mozart to sister brand Genting Cruise Lines ahead of the spring 2020 season. (cruisecritic.com)

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An old debate over cruise ships churns as a new ship calls Charleston Harbor home




As a new, larger cruise ship begins docking in Charleston next week, the city’s ongoing relationship with the cruise industry remains on choppy waters. While several state agencies and nonprofits are tied up in legal wrangling over permits and other issues, vendors on Market Street say more cruise ships porting near their stations are only impacting traffic, not necessarily contributing to more cash in their pockets. (postandcourier.com)

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Portland, Maine, kicks off a cruise season that will bring bigger ships, more passengers




Portland welcomed the first major cruise ship of the 2019 season Thursday. The Norwegian Dawn brought 2,224 passengers and 1,000 crew members into port. Two other large ships expected this month – Grandeur of the Seas on Sunday and the Norwegian Dawn again on May 23 – are among the 100 cruise ships expected to call on Portland this season. (pressherald.com)

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